A Senate bill which would reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) choice to repeal net neutrality got its 30th co-sponsor on Monday, meaning it will definitely receive a vote on the Senate floor.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced on Twitter that she supports the bill, so it now meets a procedural requirement to skip committee approval.
The bill, which is being energetically pushed by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), would utilize Congress’s authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to undo the FCC’s rollback of its highly popular net neutrality rules.
“We’ve reached the magic number of 30 to secure a vote on the Senate floor, and that number will only continue to climb,” Markey said Monday. “Republicans are faced with a choice — be on the right side of history and stand with the American people who support a free and open internet, or hold hands with the special interests who want to control the internet for their own profit.”
With Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, the bill faces tough odds to earn the simple majorities it needs to get to the president’s desk. But Democrats and freedom activists see a clear upside in forcing corrupt GOP lawmakers to take a public stance during an election year on these consumer protections, which polls have demonstrated are ridiculously popular among voters.
“Today’s news shows that lawmakers from both parties cannot hide from their constituents on this issue,” declared Evan Greer, who is an activist with the group Fight for the Future, which has vowed to rally voters around the important issue in the midterm elections. “Every member of the U.S. Senate will have to go on the record, during a tight election year, and either vote to save the Internet or rubber stamp its death warrant.”